The Magnificent Mining Maps
The Magnificent Mining Maps
Hans Ranie´s map from 1709

During the centuries many mining maps have been created and published. Most often they were ornated with pictures of working miners, horses, tools, ladders and such.

A large number of these maps pictures the mine cut into one half - from oldest parts in the south on the left side to the northern parts on the right side. The ore bodies were excavated in this direction: the further to the north, the deeper down.

Apart from the two-dimensional mining maps there are also a significant number of three-dimensional ones, such as the one in this video: The mining map of 1709 made by land-surveyor Hans Ranie.

Filmed by: Uppsala University Library
Background image:
Sofia Magdalena Mine
Photo: Lars Olsson